Three IU Press authors were honored with book awards at the American Anthropological Society (AAA) meeting held in Washington, DC, last week.
Ayya's Accounts, written by Anand Pandian and his late grandfather, M.P. Mariappan, was awarded second prize in the 24th annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. During the awards presentation, Daniel Reichman, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester, called the book, "a hopeful, optimistic work that will join the ranks of classic anthropological life histories, while also redefining what the life history genre can be."
Krisztina Fehérváry's Politics in Color and Concrete won the 2014 William A. Douglass Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE), a section of the AAA. Incoming SAE president Pamela Ballinger says this and previous Douglass prize-winning books "reflect the best that Europeanist anthropology has to offer and help explain its resilience: empirical depth, ethnographic nuance, and theoretical insight that engages with cutting edge debates within the Europeanist field even as they resonate far beyond."
The Calls of Islam by Emilio Spadola received honorable mention for the 2014 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion. This prize, which is awarded by the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, recognizes innovative scholarship, the integration of theory with ethnography, and the connection of the anthropology of religion to the larger world.
Congratulations to all our authors!